Gun Trace: Where criminals get their guns

Trace data of more than 170,000 guns used in 2014 crimes shows that the firearms often make their way across state borders to avoid more strict gun laws.

On average, 29 percent of guns used in crimes are brought in from other states while 71 percent are locally bought. However, in states with tougher regulations like New York or New Jersey, that statistic is flipped.

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The ATF has successfully traced guns used in 2014 crimes.

( guns) were brought in from other states. The U.S. average is 29 percent.

( guns) were bought locally. The U.S. average is 71 percent.

The data also traces guns used in U.S. crimes back to .

In other words, imports guns for every one it exports.

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AK 0 CA 0 OR 0 ID 0 NV 0 UT 0 AZ 0 NM 0 CO 0 WY 0 MT 0 ND 0 SD 0 NE 0 KS 0 OK 0 TX 0 HI 0 MN 0 IA 0 MO 0 AR 0 LA 0 WI 0 IL 0 IN 0 KY 0 TN 0 MS 0 MI 0 OH 0 WV 0 NC 0 AL 0 PA 0 VA 0 SC 0 GA 0 NY 0 NJ 0 MD 0 DC 0 FL 0 VT 0 MA 0 CT 0 DE 0 ME 0 NH 0 RI 0 PR 0

The ATF has successfully traced guns used in 2014 crimes.

( guns) were brought in from other states. The U.S. average is 29 percent.

( guns) were bought locally. The U.S. average is 71 percent.

The data also traces guns used in U.S. crimes back to .

In other words, imports guns for every one it exports.

Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Disclaimer: Numbers are based on the locations shown on this map and do not include guns brought in from other U.S. territories. Percentages are rounded.